Piping and pressure systems have serious impacts on your property’s foundation when they malfunction and rupture or cause leakage. When these systems are left unchecked, your foundation may not only need serious repair but the systems themselves may become dysfunctional, and then you’ve got a greater plumbing issue on your hands.
To test these systems for leaks and strength, professional inspectors use the process of hydrostatic testing. Hydrostatic testing is a pressure test intended to analyze the limits of a piping unit. In this post, we’ll cover common methods for this process as well as the ways in which water can negatively impact a foundation and what property owners can do about it.
Inspecting professionals typically go with one of three methods of hydrostatic testing to determine the limits of piping and other vessels. These methods are direct expansion, water jacket, and proof pressure.
There are a few ways that water—whether via leaking pipes or unchecked drainage from the elements—can damage the integrity of your foundation.
The presence and absence of water can cause expansive soil to expand and contract, adding pressure to the property that could result in structural damage or cracks.
Another example: an excess collection of water, in the case of leaking pipes, could also exert what’s known as “hydrostatic pressure” that warps the property walls, causing them to bow or crack.
Other means of foundation damage by water include that which results from erosion, broken water lines, and flooding.
There are a few things you can do to prevent further foundation problems. And while it may be tempting to take care of some issues yourself, you should always reach out to a professional first. The property’s foundation is simply too important to gamble with a DIY approach.
You’ll want to schedule an evaluation with a local or regional repair company as soon as possible. They will evaluate your property and seek out the source of leaking pipes or cracked walls.
Then, the repair company will recommend repairs based on a few factors, which include: your foundation type (pier and beam or concrete slab), the amount of damage done and the urgency for repair, and whether a plumbing company will need to be involved. At Perma Pier, for example, we partner with Black Tie Plumbing to provide a cohesive and comprehensive solution for the foundation.
If you don’t already have one at your property, you may want to have a sump pump brought into your basement or the space which takes on the damaging water. A working sump pump will regulate the water on your property and help prevent damages.
At Perma Pier, we provide more than just foundation evaluations and repairs. We believe in building a partnership with our customers, one built on communication and trust for their sake and for the sake of the property. Our team of repair professionals wants you to be confident in the process leading up to the repair and throughout the whole endeavor.
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